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Gertrude Bell Lunchtime Seminar

Gertrude Bell Lunchtime Seminar

In conjunction with the ongoing project, Gertrude Bell and the Kingdom of Iraq at 100, Newcastle University Special Collections will be hosting its first informal Gertrude Bell Lunchtime Seminar on the 20th of May from 12-1pm in the Philip Robinson Library (Level 1, Room 152). The seminar will feature three speakers, local artist Dr Kate Sweeney, PhD candidate specialising in Byzantine archaeology Rory McInnes-Gibbons, and Gertrude Bell Project Archivist, Valentina Flex, who will each give a short talk on their work and research as it relates to Bell and her archive, which is held at the University. These talks will be followed by questions and discussion around the themes and subjects raised. 

Bell’s archive, a UNESCO Memory of the World registered collection, tells the story of her life and work through photographs, diaries and letters in which she documented her extensive travels in the Middle East, her passion for archaeology and her involvement in the creation of the Kingdom of Iraq in 1921. We hope that this informal seminar will provide an opportunity for discussion and exploration of Bell’s complex and nuanced legacy, as well as highlighting the significance of her rich archival collection and the different ways in which we can utilise and interpret it. 

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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences